BRADENTON – Manatee County sustainable home builder Pearl Homes has an eye on the future.
Its mission to create affordable, clean-energy homes not only helps to ensure the preservation of the local environment, but will now also help brighten the futures of Manatee County’s youth.
A state-of-the-art concept home designed by the sustainable builder is available to the highest bidder, and all proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County. Hosted by Tranzon Driggers, the online charity auction is live and open for bidding until 1 p.m. Thursday.
Measuring 540 square feet, the high-tech prototype has the ability to be entirely energy self-sustaining thanks to solar panels and a Sonnen electric storage battery. Fully equipped with GE Energy Sense appliances, Google Smart Home technology and other designer interior furnishings, the sustainable two-bed one-bath home is move-in ready.
Pearl Homes invested nearly three years and $2 million into the research, design and development of the concept home.
The innovative structure is the world’s first home with a net-zero carbon footprint to be fully certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). It served as the prototype for Pearl Homes’ latest project, Hunters Point, which broke ground in Cortez on May 26.
“We could not think of a better way to give back to the community than to invest in the future of our young people,” said Marshall Gobuty, founder and president of Pearl Homes.
A former member of the Boys and Girls Club Foundation board, Gobuty hopes that the donation of the concept home will help to excite younger generations and increase awareness about sustainable living.
“We are so grateful for Pearl Homes’ and Tranzon Driggers’ amazing gifts of treasure, time and talent in support of our mission,” said Dawn Stanhope, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. “As we celebrate 75 years of serving our community’s youth, this opportunity serves as a great example of how thoughtful generosity can help sustain our mission.”
Since it began in 2015, Pearl Homes has quickly established a market for sustainable housing in Manatee County.
Helmed by Gobuty and Dhantay Jones, vice president of strategic affairs and former basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the award-winning company prides itself in revolutionary net-zero construction and aims to be the region’s go-to sustainable developer.
“When we’re talking sustainable builds, everything is about the carbon footprint,” Gobuty said. “We use materials that other people don’t use, mostly because it’s cost prohibitive.”
In every Pearl Homes build, the latest technology is paired with eco-conscious building methods, like mindful lumber use, paints free from harmful chemicals and foam board insulation to ensure each home is “like a Yeti cooler.”
Mirabella, a residential development in West Bradenton, was Pearl Homes’ first project. Completed in early 2020, the active adult community features 160 eco-friendly attached villas and received several awards for its sustainable design.
Hunters Point, the builder’s second housing development, will consist of 86 energy-independent single-family homes, several resort-style units and sustainable native landscaping. In addition to the individual homes, the entire 18-acre community will be LEED-certified.
“Our homes generate more power than they consume,” Gobuty said. “Other home builders say, ‘it’s cheap, it’s near the water, I’ll give you a quartz countertop,’ but they can’t say that their homes do not leave a carbon footprint.”
In addition to Mirabella and Hunters Point, Pearl Homes will soon begin constructing two workforce housing developments, The Met and The Epic, in downtown Bradenton. OurLives, a development of sustainable single-family rental homes, is also in the works.
Chosen by the City of Bradenton’s Community Redevelopment Authority through a competitive bidding process, The Met will feature 200 sustainably designed studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments in the city’s Village of the Arts.
The Epic will be a net-zero structure consisting of 27 studio and two-bedroom apartments inspired by Pearl Homes’ mission to foster affordable, healthy lifestyles.
“We don’t believe you need to be rich to afford a sustainable home,” Gobuty said. “You’ve got to get the whole world to understand what sustainability means, how you live it and how it affects you.”
PEARL CONCEPT HOME AUCTION
To bid and for more information, go to bgcmanatee.org/milliondollarhome/.